In an event on their stall in the National Eisteddfod in Boduan last week, Gwynedd Council announced that houses that used to be second homes would qualify for a special grant devised to bring empty homes back into continuous use. The grant is given to first time buyers to renovate empty homes to ensure that they are habitable, as a result of the change those that are buying houses that were once holiday homes will also qualify for the renovation grant.
The empty house renovation grant has been in place since 2021 and Cyngor Gwynedd claim that the changes to expand the scheme are needed due to the increase in the number of people applying and failing to qualify for the grant. According the Council, 70 first time buyers have received support through the scheme. £4m has been earmarked for the scheme until the financial year 2026/27 with £500,000 of that fund having already been distributed.